*SEM 2019

The Eighth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics

June 6-7, 2019, Minneapolis, USA

Co-located with NAACL 2019


We are pleased to announce that SIGLEX and SIGSEM, special interest groups of the ACL, are organizing the 8th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics: *SEM. This time *SEM will be co-located with NAACL-HLT 2019 in Minneapolis (USA), and it will take place on the 6-7 of June 2019. We will update this website with more information as it becomes available.

Latest news

December 29, 2018. The deadlines for long & short paper submissions, notification of acceptance, and camera ready versions are now posted. See Important Dates section on the home page.

Call for papers

*SEM brings together researchers interested in the semantics of natural languages and its computational modeling. The conference embraces symbolic and probabilistic approaches, and everything in between; theoretical contributions as well as practical applications are welcome. The long-term goal of *SEM is to provide a stable forum for the growing number of NLP researchers working on all aspects of semantics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Lexical semantics and word representations
  • Compositional semantics and sentence representations
  • Statistical, machine learning and deep learning methods in semantic tasks
  • Multilingual and cross-lingual semantics
  • Word sense disambiguation and induction
  • Semantic parsing; syntax-semantics interface
  • Frame semantics and semantic role labeling
  • Textual inference, entailment and question answering
  • Formal approaches to semantics
  • Extraction of events and causal and temporal relations
  • Entity linking; pronouns and coreference
  • Discourse, pragmatics and dialogue
  • Machine reading
  • Extra-propositional aspects of meaning
  • Multiword and idiomatic expressions
  • Metaphor, irony, and humour
  • Knowledge mining and acquisition
  • Common sense reasoning
  • Language generation
  • Semantics in NLP applications: sentiment analysis, abusive language detection, summarization, fact checking, etc.
  • Multidisciplinary research on semantics
  • Grounding and multimodal semantics
  • Human semantic processing
  • Semantic annotation, evaluation and resources
  • Ethical aspects and bias in semantic representations

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 6, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2019
Camera-ready papers due: April 5, 2019
Timezone: as long as it’s the date mentioned, anywhere on earth; UTC-12.

Submission Instructions

Submissions to *SEM 2019 must describe unpublished work and be written in English. We solicit both long and short papers.

Long papers describe original research and may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus unlimited pages for references. Final versions of long papers will be given one additional page of content (up to 9 pages) so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account.

Short papers describe original focused research, project or system description, and may consist of up to four (4) pages, plus unlimited pages for references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) content pages in the proceedings. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers comments in their final versions.

As the reviewing will be blind, the paper must not include the authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." must be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". As for online paper sharing, at *SEM, we adopt the ACL policy for submission, which can be found here. Papers that do not conform to requirements will be rejected without review. For a paper to be included in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must be registered as a participant at the *SEM conference.

Submissions to *SEM should follow this year's NAACL style, as detailed here: https://naacl2019.org/calls/papers/

Please note that double submission of papers will need to be notified at submission.

Key dates

Paper submission deadline: March 6, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2019
Camera-ready papers due: April 5, 2019
*SEM conference: June 6-7, 2019

Timezone: as long as it’s the date mentioned, anywhere on earth; UTC-12.

Organizing Committee

General Chair: Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Program Chairs:

Ekaterina Shutova, University of Amsterdam

Lun-Wei Ku, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Publications Chair: Kilian Evang, University of Düsseldorf
Publicity Chair: Soujanya Poria, NTU, Singapore

Area Chairs

Lexical semantics and word representations:

Anna Feldman, Montclair State University

Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Semantic composition and sentence representations:

Helen Yannakoudakis, University of Cambridge

Douwe Kiela, Facebook AI Research

Discourse, dialogue and generation :

Lea Frermann, Amazon Core AI

Lu Wang, Northeastern University

Machine learning for semantic tasks:

Roi Reichart, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Wilker Aziz, University of Amsterdam

Multidisciplinary & COI: Preslav Nakov, QCRI
Multilinguality: Marianna Apidianaki, CNRS
Human semantic processing / Psycholinguistics: Barry Devereux, Queen’s University Belfast
Semantics in NLP applications:

Dan Goldwasser, Purdue University

Saif Mohammad, National Research Council of Canada

Marek Rei, University of Cambridge

Resources and evaluation: Beata Beigman Klebanov, Educational Testing Service
Theoretical and formal semantics: Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary University of London

Contact us

Contact email: starsem2019.program.chairs@gmail.com

Website issues: Devamanyu Hazarika, NUS, Singapore

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_starsem